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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 147: Free Range Pop Culture

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 147: Free Range Pop Culture


We like to keep it eclectic on the Acid Pop Cult Podcast and this week’s show is no exception! Jeremy and Jason are once again up to the challenge of keeping you entertained in your Godforsaken cubicle hell. The duo start the show off with a recap of Jason’s latest interviews over at Icon Vs. Icon (www.iconvsicon.com), which range from Nick Hexum of 311 to Lance Henriksen to comedian Rod Man. Jeremy offers a brief update on his recent get-together with directors Adam Rifkin and Tim Sullivan and the excitement that ensued. Then the duo turn their sights on the latest in technology with a look at the new horror movie streaming service, SHUDDER (www.shudder.com). Talk turns to quality Blu-ray transfers, a painting from Goodfellas, Jason’s time with the late Henry Hill and Scream: The TV Series. To cap off the episode, you get the big reveal on the upcoming “Summer Care Package” contest! It’s all that and a bag of chips, it the whole damn party mix! Give it a listen and spread the word!

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LANCE HENRIKSEN: The Iconic Actor Talks ‘Stung,’ The Movie Industry & More!

LANCE HENRIKSEN: The Iconic Actor Talks ‘Stung,’ The Movie Industry & More!


It’s summertime and nothing says summer like a good, old-fashioned creature feature! If the thought excites you, look no further than director Benni Diez’s directorial debut, “Stung,” arriving in theaters and on VOD on July 3. The film focuses on Paul (Matt O’Leary) and Julia (Jessica Cook), young party caterers who are trying to make ends meet. Adding fuel to the fire, they are also hopelessly in love – although neither is willing to admit it for fear of rejection. They find themselves headed to the countryside to work an upper-class garden party at a remote country villa. It seems like your run-of-the-mill gig until a group of violent spider wasps crash the party. Things are not as they seem as the wasps take partygoers as hosts to spawn even greater terror — 7 ft tall predators with an insatiable appetite for destruction. It’s up to Paul and Julia to stop the creatures, fight for their lives and, incidentally, get their stumbling romance in order. The film co-stars the iconic Lance Henriksen as Mayor Caruthers, who adds genuine excitement and solidifies the ambitious cast. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Lance Henriksen to discuss his role in “Stung,” his passion for acting and working with young filmmakers, his recent autobiography and his iconic role in the cult television series, “Millennium.”



When it comes to work ethic, no one has anything on you! One of your latest projects is Benni Diez’s creature feature, “Stung.” He spoke very highly of working with you!

I couldn’t speak more highly of him! He is a director we’ll be hearing from a lot in the future. When you think about what happened with these guys, it is really inspiring. All the guys had been in film school together. They came up with a script with Adam [Aresty] and decided they would be the crew, producers and do it all. It turned out to be one of the most creative situations I have ever been involved with. I love those situations! All of these young guys are out there putting their hearts on the line and it was great and it really shows in the movie. The editing and the choices they made were so subtle and cool. Their level of humor was quite sophisticated in a lot of ways and there are things that are funky and down and dirty as well. There is really something for everyone in this movie.

You have done a lot of work with young directors in recent years. What appeals to you most about working with these young creatives?

Even though I just turned 75 and my body isn’t what it was during my 30s, it is still a skin-bag holding the young Lance. He didn’t go away! I have that youth in me! It didn’t go away and it won’t until I kick the bucket. The point is that I resonate that people who have an open mind, not simply ambition, when they are going after something they are passionate about. I can relate to that completely. I am not some jaded actor who is like, “Oh, where is my trailer?!” [laughs] I am still very much interested in creating and collaborating. It is the lifeblood of any actor.

I am sure you read a lot of scripts but what was it that spoke to you when “Stung” came your way?

I loved the idea of playing an alcoholic, loser politician that is running for re-election! [laughs] Hey man, to be honest, the only way to get back at injustice in the world is through your art. If I could play this guy and show the rough cog that exists in these guys who are pretending to be kings, princes or princesses, I am happy. It is an expression. I thought, “I can handle this!” The script itself was very ambitious and you can see that in the finished film. It was something I knew I wanted to be there for. I had also never been to Germany, so I thought it could be really cool and it was. The actors who are in the film were also a big selling point. Matt O’Leary is a really funny guy and Jessica Cook is an amazing young actress. It just made the whole project so cool. Everybody was on the same course. I really like the movie when I saw it, I really did, and I was glad to be a part of it.

Matt O'Leary. Clifton Collins, Jr., Jessica Cook and Lance Henriksen

Matt O’Leary. Clifton Collins, Jr., Jessica Cook and Lance Henriksen

I am sure you take a little something away from every film you work on. What did you take away from your time on this project?

I have to tell you something, man. That is the hardest question in the world because if I took something away from every movie I have done, I would be a psychopath or a psychotic! [laughs] The only way for me to handle it is, when I finish a film or see it when it is done, to leave it behind me like a cat leaving a kitty litter box! [laughs] They don’t look back! They do it and go! You have to or otherwise you will spend your life in a slight delusion. When I get on a set, it is all fresh and new. It is like I am starting from zero again.

The movie industry changed in so many ways since you first started out in your career. What are your thoughts on the art of movie-making today?

I guess it happens at some point in every generation, but I am aware of something. If Benni and those guys could make “Stung” for whatever the budget was, I don’t know and I don’t care, is kind of a smack in the face of corporate obsession. They are not making movies for audiences anymore. They are making movies to wow a potential audience, if you know what I mean, with all the CG and everything else. I am really proud of young moviemakers for taking on the corporate mind. I really am. I would love to see any movie they make. I know from a personal relationship that Jim Cameron puts every dollar on the scene. It’s not a matter of proving it anymore. He wants to make his movie, so that is not the kind of corporate I am talking about. I am talking about the endless superhero films with CG to the point you are inundated and don’t know what is reality anymore. It is like staring into a cell phone for 10 hours a day. You know what I’m saying? I would rather be at the other end with the guys who are doing plays and movies. They don’t have giant budgets but they are making good movies and good statements. I sound like I am on a soapbox! It sounds a bit like Caruthers trying to run for office! [laughs]

I wanted to ask you about your recent autobiography, “Not Bad For A Human.” Did you have any reservations about that project?

A must read biography.

A must read biography.

Ya know what? Seriously, I had a deal with the guy who co-wrote it with me. The deal was that if we got halfway through and I felt like it was a lot of bullshit, I would throw it in the trash and never look back. I am not afraid to exert labor if there is a goal and I don’t get disappointed if the goal doesn’t work. We tried and that was the main thing.

We got halfway through it and I said, “We have to start over, man. The last story that I told you, I felt so good being honest, I would like to go back and start over and work our way through it.” That is what we did! I felt very liberated by it. It was a solid year-and-a-half of going to a confession every day! I have never killed anybody and the worst things I have ever done don’t stack very high on the list of no-nos. I just struggled. That is my whole thing. I struggle until I get the answer. I have more of a boundless energy which is a gift from my mother.

If you could go back and give a younger Lance Henriksen some advice as a young actor starting out on his journey, what you would say to him?

Oh, buddy! I think I did it just the right way for me. I had a lot of skins to shed, like a snake, that came from outside of me. In doing that, I learned who I really was, what I really think and what I really feel. My success came from the help of a lot of very generous people along the way, especially in the early days. I never went to high school and I hated school, so I had to face a lot of stuff and a lot of revelations about who I really am and where I really fit in all of this. If you can do that, you are good. You don’t have to spend $500 an hour for a shrink! [laughs]

Lance Henriksen as Mayor Caruthers in Benni Diez's 'Stung'

Lance Henriksen as Mayor Caruthers in Benni Diez’s ‘Stung’

It seems we are moving into the revival age of television. Two great examples are “Twin Peaks” and “The X-Files.” Is Frank Black of “Millennium” a character you have interest in revisiting?

I would love to revisit the character. It would be a major challenge because that was 20 years ago. I was with Megan Gallagher recently because Mark Snow, the guy who did the music for “Millennium” and some of “The X-Files,” was releasing a new album. I hadn’t seen her in 18 or 19 years. Finally, there she was and she looked exactly the same! I didn’t say it but I thought, “Are you a vampire?!” [laughs] She looked exactly the same. She looks great! It was a fun moment. Looking back on the series I think it was a strong series. It was very good television. I really do believe that if we had gone on another year or two with it, it would have found itself, if you know what I mean. One of the issues with “Millennium” was that the producers changed every year during that show. With each change came a different energy. I loved doing the show, I just wish it could have gone a little further to find itself. The reality of what would ever happen from a thing like that is going to come directly from Christ Carter. It is very wrapped around him. Shit, I should have just given you the simple answer, which is, “Yeah, I would love to.”

Thanks so much for your time today, Lance! I look forward to our next encounter and wish you continued success!

Thank you, Jason! It is always a pleasure!

‘Stung’ hits theaters and VOD on July 3rd! Check out the trailer to see what all the buzz is about! Become a fan of the film on Facebook.

Check out our in-depth interview with Lance Henriksen from earlier in 2015. We discuss his unique career, his creative process, longevity and more! 

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STUNG: Director Benni Diez On The Buzz Surrounding His Directorial Debut

STUNG: Director Benni Diez On The Buzz Surrounding His Directorial Debut


Each year, summer brings us a ton of new films loaded with action and adventure  If you are looking for a little something outside the box, perhaps a modern update of the ’80s creature features we all know and love, ‘Stung’ is the flick for you. Directed by Benni Diez with a screenplay by Adam Aresty, the film offers a seamless blend of CGI and oozing practical effects. The film stars Matt O’Leary, Jessica Cook, Clifton Collins Jr. and the iconic Lance Henriksen. The film centers around an extravagant garden party hosted by Mrs. Perch at her remote country villa. Unbeknownst to the host and her guests, her illegal fertilizer has infested the surrounding countryside and transformed a local species of killer wasps into giant, mutant predators, on the hunt for prey in which they can lay their eggs. It falls to two of the party’s catering staff to stop the monsters and save the day. ‘Stung’ is a rollercoaster ride that offers up both laughs and scares. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with Benni Diez to discuss his unique career path, his influences, the challenges of bringing ‘Stung’ from script to screen and what the future may hold for this director on the rise.

Director Beni Diez

Director Beni Diez

Let’s talk influences for a moment. What films had a big impact on you as a director and “Stung,” your debut feature?

One of the most important films to me was “Aliens.” It is funny because when I talked to Adam Aresty, the writer of “Stung,” for the first time, we realized this was one of his influences as well. We had that in common. The entire film owes a lot of its style and homages to movies like “Aliens,” “Jaws” and “Tremors,” the old-school creature films of the ‘80s and ‘90s where there are a lot of practical effects that bring a lot of warmth to them. Even the most gruesome effects had a warmth to them as opposed to the cold, bleak CGI-overload from recent years.

What can you tell us about your career path and what ultimately brought you to helming this film?

It started with me being an enthusiast of visual effects when I was around 14 years old. I taught myself how to do computer animation on the very first computer animation program. Later on, I realized it was something I could study and do as a profession. I always did my own movies and directed my own stuff but I was never really interested in studying effects and seeing where that would take me. I wanted to still be able to make my own movies but I wanted to study the effects to understand the technical side because I found it so interesting. I studied visual effects and animation at a German Film School in Ludwigsburg, Germany. That turned out to be a good decision because, later on, I had that as a selling point. I wasn’t just someone who was trying to make a movie but I actually knew how the effects worked from the technical side, which for a creature movie is a plus! I think it gave investors a better feeling than usual!

What was it about the script for “Stung” that made you want to bring it to the screen?

Initially, it spoke to me on a lot of levels. The most important one was the boy in me who had seen movies like “Aliens” way too early in his life and was messed up in the brain by it! [laughs] I also felt this was a movie I could dare to try to make because it had elements I was comfortable with. Had it been an ensemble drama, I would have felt differently, but it had one location with a couple of actors and a very compact plot. Those are the elements that excited me. All of the effects that existed within the script were things I had done in a smaller way at some point in my life. It had a lot of stuff that made me want to do it and made me feel like I could actually pull it off.


Was there anything you hadn’t attempted in the past you aimed to try with this feature?

Absolutely! That was actually the dialogue scenes. One of the moments where I was most afraid during the shoot was when we had a scene with the four actors in the basement. It was only dialogue, reading lines, conveying emotion and fleshing out the characters. On that scale, it was something I had never done before. I was very anxious leading up to that day. I was very happy with how it turned out because I was able to rely on such great character actors — Lance Henriksen, Clifton Collins, Matthew O’Leary and Jessica Cook. I could always learn from them and ask them to kind of teach me how to direct because they had all, in certain capacities, done character work and knew what they were doing. It was a very inspiring experience. It was an experience that really cemented in me the feeling that this is the job I want to do for the rest of my life.

The cast was truly terrific. Was it difficult to find the right mix of actors to flesh out the characters?

Yes. It was difficult because when you ask people with a certain name and standing if they want to star in a movie about 7 foot tall wasps attacking people, you really have to convince them! [laughs] We didn’t have a casting director, so it was a very tedious process to get them involved and convince them that this was a project worth pursuing. I was more than happy and lucky to have this great bunch of actors. I couldn’t have asked for better actors because they were so terrific.


What went into the design and functionality of the creatures in this film?

We really looked to nature, the wasp and everything that is happening in nature. Laying eggs into other creatures and having them hatch from the host is something based in nature. I am guessing a lot of monster movies are based on that concept as well. There are a lot of insects who take other animals as hosts for breeding. We really went back to those actual species, the closest one being the Tarantula Killer Wasp, who actual stuns the tarantula and then lays eggs in them. They have a very slick, alien like design. They are very dark, have very thick legs and wings. They almost look like a war machine. We based our designs on that and then expanded on them to give them more character and expression to give them some emotional quality.

You mentioned your love for “Aliens” and the sci-fi genre. Lance Henriksen plays a huge role in this film. What did he bring to the project?

It was such an exciting moment to know he was going to do the movie. Imagine getting that phone call, “Hey! The guy from your favorite movie in the world is going to star in your first feature film!” That, by itself, was totally insane! Having him on set and having him turn out to be such a great collaborator and a warm-hearted, generous person was amazing. He was really willing to give everything and help me as a director to get the best out of every scene. I couldn’t have dreamt of a better way to get into the higher classes of the movie business than working with someone like Lance and learning some of the old guard are really the real deal. He is such a gentleman and a great guy to have around on set because he was so funny and always ready to tell a story. He really lifted up the vibe on set. I couldn’t have asked for more!


Obviously, there are a lot of moving parts in making any film, let alone your directorial debut. What was the biggest challenges you faced on this project?

Getting the whole thing off in 24 shooting days was a big challenge. Creating a shooting schedule that allowed us to put everything that was in the script in the shoot and still get away with scenes having quality was a challenge. We had very short shooting days and couldn’t do any overtime because of contractual obligations, so it was a very difficult thing to pull off. In the end, it benefited us because we were very relaxed and well-rested because we weren’t doing 20-hour shoots. It was a very collaborative and laid back atmosphere on set with just 24 shooting days. The other challenges were getting all the many different things, the practical effects, the CG effects, characters that you don’t want to abandon due to technicalities, all into a coherent movie. You always want to work with the actors to ensure the emotional through lines and make sure they really work. That was only possible because I had a great team behind me. Everything I knew about effects were always handled by my supervisors, who I have worked with for years. It was very important for me to have people around me that I could trust in every department. My director of photography, for example, saved my life every day! He is very experienced and, in every situation where I didn’t know what to do, he pointed me in the right direction. It was like that with every department. There was one year of very tedious post-production processes and only a few people there to do it. I owe a lot of the movie’s final quality to my sound designer and musicians, who were there with me for months to elevate this movie to what it is now.

Where do you see yourself headed in the future as a director? Anything in the works at the moment?



There is nothing specific I can announce right now. I have a few projects cooking on different heat levels. Now is the phase where the movie is coming out and I am very consciously trying to use that momentum to meet as many people as I can and get the feelers out. It would be great to collaborate and I am always looking for new people to work with. I am never afraid to try new things. When you do a movie, you are in the process for a few years and really want to spend those years with people you know you can trust, people you love to work with and are inspired by. The main priority is to find good people. I have a few ideas under my belt that I would like to expand on but it depends on the next team I gather and work with. I am definitely still interested in genre films. I wouldn’t necessarily want to do another horror movie right away to avoid being pushed in that corner. I have spent the past three-and-a-half years with giant wasps, so I could really do with a nice thriller, maybe set in space with some robots. That would be cool!

The industry changed exponentially since you started your career and continues to evolve with each passing year. What excites you most about filmmaking at this point in time?

As everyone is right now, the concept of virtual reality intrigues me. It seems to pose a lot of new challenges from the storytelling standpoint. It will be an interesting new way to consume media because it is much more immersive and not as linear. We are used to going into a theater or sitting in front of a TV and watching something for one-and-a-half to two hours and then the art is finished. It seems VR will change that a lot because, much like video games that have become more narrative, it will open the door to multi-dimensional storytelling. I have no idea how it works but I am very interested in seeing what happens with that and learning more about it. It definitely won’t replace moviemaking but it will be an exciting new field to play in.

Thank you so much for your time today, Beni. I really enjoyed the film and it is definitely an impressive debut! We wish you continued success.

Thank you, Jason! I appreciate it!

‘Stung’ hits theaters and VOD on July 3rd! Check out the trailer to see what all the buzz is about! Become a fan of the film on Facebook.

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NOT BAD FOR A HUMAN: Lance Henriksen On His Career, Longevity And More!

NOT BAD FOR A HUMAN: Lance Henriksen On His Career, Longevity And More!


Lance Henriksen is a man who needs little introduction. A Hollywood icon with well over 150+ films to his name. He’s best known as the empathetic android Bishop in Aliens and the intuitive criminal profiler Frank Black in the TV series “Millennium.” Over the course of many decades and through his many roles, Henriksen has taken on threats both foreign, domestic, technological, supernatural and extra-terrestrial. He has made a name for himself working alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest names, both in front of and behind the camera. His performances are truly transformative and have earned him a legion of dedicated fans around he globe as his work continues grow as an actor. At 74 years young, he continues to take on ambitious new projects and stretch himself as an actor. Best of all, he shows no signs of slowing down! 

Henriksen recently wrapped work on the highly anticipated suspense thriller ‘Monday at 11:01 A.M.,” which stars Charles Agron (Dark House), Briana Evigan (Step Up 2 the Streets), Lance Henriksen (Aliens) and Lauren Shaw (Zero Dark Thirty). Directed by Harvey Lowry (Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage) from a script by Agron, the film focuses on Michael, who brings his girlfriend Jenny to a beautiful yet strange mountain town where everyone seems familiar. But he begins to see and hear things that no one else can. After many hallucinations and then losing sight of Jenny, Michael is brought to the brink of insanity. He finds himself frantically questioning what is real and what it isn’t. Shot in Guthrie, Oklahoma, the film is currently slated for release in 2015.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Lance Henriksen to discuss his earlier years as an actor, the secret to his longevity, his excitement about his recent work on “Monday at 11:01 A.M.” and much more! 

You have become a familiar face on screen. Going back to the beginning, what intrigued you about acting early on and made you follow the path?

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen

You know what happened? I have to tell you, I have given this a lot of thought because I have always wondered myself, “How did this all go down?” I never went to school. I hated school and I wasn’t interested in reading but I wasn’t stupid. I had an intelligence. I think I was around 7 or 8 years old and I was raised in New York where I was shining shoes. What I would do is give half to my mother and the other half I would take and go to the movies. I remember sitting in the theater watching “Enrico Caruso.” It starts out that Crusoe is a young guy who sings great and the town loves him. Then he meets a girl and they fall in love and get married. Then he suddenly becomes very famous as Crusoe. He is on stage when he blows his neck out singing this aria and dies. The whole movie took place in an hour-and-a-half or something like that. It suddenly terrified me! I was wondering through the years what was scary about it. What was really terrifying to me was that you could tell a man’s entire life story in an hour-and-a-half. I thought to myself, even as a kid, “I want to live 1,000 lifetimes. I don’t want my story to be told in an hour-and-a-half.” I think that is the core moment when that happened to me, where I knew as an actor I could live those 1,000 lifetimes. I loved the movies and I used to go all the time. I was almost a method audience. I brought camping equipment to see a movie with Kirk Douglas going up the river in a keelboat with flintlock rifles! I would be sitting in the theater watching it four or five times because they didn’t empty the theater in those days. They would just start the movie over again. I remember sitting there and feeling like I was there, like I could do that! I wanted to go up river! [laughs] I had a vivid mind about putting together where I am at really at the moment, where I would like to be and also wondering how can it happen. Suddenly, in my 30s, I started acting.

Was there anyone in particular who made a big impact on you in your early years?

What I had seen around me, always, was that longevity was everything. If you stay with it long enough, something will happen. If you are ready for it, then it’s going to work! I had some incredible teachers along the way. There was a woman named Sandra Seacat and she was very much a mentor in connecting up your spirit or soul with the part of acting you are going to have strength in, so that you have the strength to believe in yourself. I have also had some wonderful friends who were actors when I was just starting out. I don’t want to name drop but they took me on as a friend. When you hang out with people who are 15 years ahead of you in terms of acting, you learn a lot by just being part of their lives. New York is different than California. In New York, you run into people on the street and then go have coffee. It is a walking city so it is a community. The only nature is the people, so it was a river to get thrown into! It was always great and I loved it. I respect actors. I always have and I probably always will.

Lance Henriksen: A man with one of Hollywood's most diverse resumes.

Lance Henriksen: A man with one of Hollywood’s most diverse resumes.

Did you ever experience that “Ah-ha!” moment when you really felt you had made it as an actor?

You know, the ah-ha happens when you are working. It happens when the camera is rolling or you are on the stage. Those are the moments that you live for and you have created that person. The moment where you are not acting anymore but it is flowing and it is real. Those are the ah-ha moments, not moments about the business. I never think about the business to be honest with you! I don’t go to parties and schmooze and shit. [laughs]

You mentioned longevity. Is there any secret to your success when it comes to that?

It really comes from appreciation. Those ah-ha moments we were just talking about get closer and closer, so that you are in a steady flow when you are doing a role you really like. It is as if the role is feeding you and you are channeling this character. You don’t even know where it is coming from but you are channeling it. That is what keeps you going and keeps you excited about it. I think every time I walk on a set, I go right back to zero like I have never acted before and I want to see what draws me into it. Usually, it is the other people you are working with. You have a feeling about them and you have your own energy and thoughts going on. Those are where those ah-ha moments originate.

Lance Henriksen: A Man of Many Faces!

Lance Henriksen: A Man of Many Faces!

You have become such an icon over the years …

I put my pants on one leg at a time just like you do! [laughs] We are in the same boat, man! We are in the same generation. I may be a little older but we are still here! We are sharing the history of the world at this moment. We are all responding!

What is the biggest lesson we can take away from the story of Lance Henriksen?

I am watching this colorful pageantry go by. You know, just the other day, I was watching the Superbowl and they had a Viagra ad on there. You can see a woman on television these days talking about how a husband or boyfriend can now get it up when it’s time! God, when I was a teenager, nobody ever talked about anything like that! Now, it is on television! Everyone is talking about it. It has gotten so loose and free flowing. We are in an age now that is very interesting. What you can say now is pretty elaborate and pretty gritty. I have really watched an evolution take place because I have lived long enough but it is all new to me. Every day is a new day and there are new issues going on from ISIS to politics to everything else and it goes on and on and on. That is why I call it a pageant! That is what it is! It sometimes seems like we aren’t learning from shit but I think we are! [laughs]

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen

One of your most recent projects is a film called “Monday at 11:01 AM.” What can you tell us about the project?

One of the things that blew me away was that Charles Argon, who starred in the film, also wrote it. One of the things that is kind of amazing in a situation like that is that, as a writer, a lot of guys defend their writing, the words and all of that, to the point of their detriment. He didn’t do that at all. He was very open to personalizing it. For me as an actor, personalizing it so that I can play it and it can be a real person is very important. He was just another actor struggling to do the same thing I was doing, so it was a great feeling. We were really rolling! I didn’t change a lot of his dialog or anything, it is just the matter of having the freedom to do it if you needed to, if you know what I mean.

What was it about the script or the character that intrigued you early on and made you pursue the role? Was there something that spoke to you?

Oh, yeah! In every way, this character is a facilitator between life and death or whether you go up or down. What he is doing is facilitating. He had no judgement ability about what was going to take place. Only the soul of the human being that was passing through my world or this place was determining their own fate by the kind of person they were. I was watching almost from a point of view of just enjoying humanity in all of its strengths and weaknesses. That was what appealed to me. All the turns in the story of “Monday at 11:01 AM” are very surprising and beautifully wrought in the material. I was happy about it and was wondering how I was going to do it when I read it. It was a question of, “What am I going to draw on for this?” It was an exciting project to be a part of, it really was!

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen

What did you take away from working with the cast and crew on this picture?

There is a phrase that I think really covers a lot. It is: “Bullshit rolls downhill.” One of the things about this set was that it was one of the calmest, attentive and quiet I have been on in a long time. It was very respectful of what we all need to do in order to make something work. The crew was great and the director, Harvey Lowry, was wonderful. In that setting, creation was possible! It was almost the perfect situation. We were in a little town in Guthrie, Oklahoma. You wouldn’t expect this sophisticated crew to come rolling in to do this movie! The whole situation was good and I enjoyed it very much!

You played so many great roles throughout your career. Do you have a specific process for bringing these characters to life?

Every project is new and every project is an adventure! For example, when you talk about Charles and how accepting he was to new ideas, it allowed things to flow and allowed us all to become these characters. That is something you lust after and it is a miracle when it happens, that it flows like that. In those moments, every idea is accepted and if you have good taste, the ideas meld. That is what it is about! It’s not just reciting written material. The words you learn but you forget them or ignore them and the situation will bring those words out. The chemistry between the people comes out. That is why I call it channeling. I don’t know where it comes from or how it happens but it does happen. We were really sailing. You know, this is a big movie to do and I am certain that Charles pulled it off. Charles kicked ass! He really did! It’s a rocker!

An undeniable for in entertainment; Lance Henriksen

An undeniable for in entertainment; Lance Henriksen

Looking back on your career, how have you evolved as an actor along the way?

You know what? I have always been my own friend. You do a lot of struggling to try to figure this thing out. It is an enormous thing, acting, because there are crossroads we all meet each other on. People have come from every type of place and environment and we all meet suddenly. I always call acting “a kiss in the dark” because you don’t know who, what, why, where or how! [laughs] What you experience is life. It is a wonderful thing, it really is. Then you connect up with all of the creative art that has gone on from William Shakespeare all the way to today. When we did “Network,” I was sitting across from Paddy Chayefsky at lunch and we were talking about life in general. You realize what a great writer that man was and I rubbed elbows with him. I was a young actor at the time who hadn’t done shit but I had a small role thanks to Sidney Lumet. It has always been this incredible journey of meeting all these amazing people in an intimate way. When you are acting, it is a very intimate thing. It’s not about posing! [laughs]

Lance Henriksen

Lance Henriksen

Where do you see yourself headed in the future?

I just came back from New York last night where I was shooting a guest appearance on “The Blacklist.” I had a really great time! They are introducing the character that I just did and then I will go back out around the 15th and do a fleshed out adventure about who this guy is. Honest to God, I don’t have any schemes! I’m not a schemer. I am looking for the adventure! Like I said, “Who, what, when or how” is out of my hands! My job, when I get a script, is to call the writer and ask what they have in mind. Then I say, “Well, this is what I have been thinking. Am I on the right track?” Then we start our relationship from that moment on. That is what I look forward to and what I enjoy about it. It sounds like I’m juggling a lot but I’m not. It has become a natural thing for me over the years.

You certainly had some great roles but is there anything you may have passed on along the way you wish you hadn’t?

No. No, I don’t. It’s a little bit like a cat leaving a cat box. If you didn’t get the role, then you don’t look back. You do your thing and you may glance back and go, “Oh, a big one!” [laughs] But you don’t dwell on it! You just move! [laughs] I have no regrets about what I didn’t get. None!

A must read biography.

A must read biography.

What is your best advice for those looking to take the journey as an actor?

You know, there is no platitude that would work. I really think that you deal with people when it is happening. This is a question where I don’t have a broad stroke answer about what a young actor should do. I think when you meet them and they talk about their work, then you share. There is no one answer because we are all different. We are all different and we are in different conditions at any given time.

Are you involved with any charity work we can help shine a much deserved light on?

Yeah. My charity of choice always has to do with children. There is a charity called Children of the Night. They can use all the help they can get. What they do is try to reunite street kids, that have come to California for whatever reason, with their families. They work very hard to keep these kids out of trouble and I love that charity. The guy who turned me on to the charity was Anthony Edwards, who is very involved with them.

Thanks for you time today, Lance! it has been a pleasure!

The please is all mine, Jason! Take care, my friend!

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